Come and have a go at making Xmas decorations with us in the 'Hands On' activity area in the museum this Xmas Holiday. We will be using air drying clay which can be taken away and when dry painted and hung up on your tree. The museum will have the Old Fire lit where Bernard Leach used to sit with his team of potters and discuss the days work ahead and drink tea.
No booking required. All participation is free on entry to the museum. Under 18s are free.
This term Britta James, one of our skilled production potters will be teaching and will take you through the full process of 'throwing- clay on the wheel' from clay preparation and centring to finishing and decorating techniques. You will make a range of bowls, mugs and dishes, up to 20 pieces and will develop your own style of producing pots.
(A further one day glazing course is offered at the end of each 8 week block where you will be able to glaze your bisque ware)
In this creative 8 week course you will be introduced to a range of hand-building techniques in clay including pinching, slabs and coiling. You will learn clay preparation; tile making; creative decorating techniques using slips and glaze application and how to think creatively about what you are making. There will also be a Raku firing during one of the sessions; an opportunity not to be missed.
We are really excited about having our first ‘Poet in Residence’. Katrina Naomi is a poet, tutor/poetry mentor, translator and critic.
She has received an international grant award from Arts Council England/British Council to travel to Japan in autumn 2017 to work on her third collection. After her residency here she will be coming back on 1st March for a Poetry Workshop.
Make your own roof Finial (in the tradition of the West Country or not at all!)
Clay sculpture course to create a guardian to sit on a roof tile with Debra Sloan who is flying in from Canada for this course. Maximum on course: 8
All welcome, with or without ceramic skills
This is a throwing masterclass exploring form and more particularly surface, using slips, incising and other creative techniques. Held in the original throwing room of the Leach Pottery, participants in this session will enjoy the unique experience of working on Bernard Leach's historic kick wheels.
Level: Intermediate/ advanced throwers
Join us for an informal autumn evening of feasting, music, raku pottery firing and the opening of a new exhibition : 'Teachers' Pots'.
Guests will be able to eat, drink and get creative in the inspiring surroundings of the our historic studio, gallery and garden as the Leach Pottery teams up with local wine merchant and restaurant Scarlet Wines. They will be providing a pop-up pizza kitchen using our newly built wood fired kiln and supplying international wines from their bar and award winning cider from craft producer Secret Orchard.
The day will begin with an illustrated talk on Japanese Pottery for food and drink followed by lunch, a demonstration and hands-on activity based on Jill’s work.
With a focus on Japanese food and drink, this masterclass and talk will trace the influences which have contributed to this unique cuisine. In the tea ceremony, which reached its zenith in the 16th century, numerous small ceramic dishes presented on lacquer trays would be used in ceremonies lasting many hours and attended by nobility and rulers of the country.
In this talk the Leach Pottery is proud to present Dr Bonnie Kemske, author of the new book The Teabowl: East & West, who will look at the context of the teabowl as it arose in chanoyu, Japanese tea ceremony, and the changes it has undergone through its history.
Including images of famous teabowl styles, such as Raku and Oribe, with discussion about the cultural contexts of such legendary bowls. The talk will then move forward to the 20th and 21st centuries when this iconic ceramic form travelled from Japan to Europe and the Americas, and became ubiquitous in contemporary ceramics. Considering the losses and gains made when contemporary studio ceramicists appropriated the teabowl, Dr Kemske will ask ‘are contemporary teabowls still teabowls?’.
This is a free talk organised by the Leach Pottery, St Ives. Signed copies of 'The Teabowl: East & West' will be available to purchase on the day.
Our ‘Have a Go’ sessions are led by our wonderful volunteer ‘Bob’ ; an experienced potter who makes pinch pot pots and burnishes them to a high finish. He will teach you about the nature of clay and how to manipulate it into beautiful objects, which can either be taken home (unfired) or left as part of the display within the museum.
All participation is free with museum admission.
Talk by Roelof Uys, Lead Potter
St Ives Art Club (Part of September Festival)
A talk about the evolution of pattern making and how it may have played a part in the development of human consciousness, abstract thought and the rules of aesthetics.
And how we apply this knowledge atLeach Pottery today.
Talk by Dr Matthew Tyas
St Ives Art Club (Part of September Festival)
William Marshall (1923-2007) became the Leach Pottery’s first apprentice in 1938. Working at the Pottery until the late 1970s, Bill was the Foreman and sometimes the hands of Bernard Leach. Dr Matthew Tyas presents a review of Bill’s pots and practice that called on both Leach and Oriental traditions.
Designed for throwers who can throw a bowl and a basic cylinder and would like to get to the next level, revisit already familiar forms and develop them to a higher level.
Why is this jug fine but what makes this one sing? The same thinking will be applied to finishing and decoration.
Held in the original throwing room of the Leach Pottery, participants will enjoy the experience of working on Bernard Leach's historic kick wheels.
Maximum number of students: 5
Cost: £300 per person to include all materials
The Leach Pottery is excited to present new pots by Jim Malone (born 1946) in his first solo exhibition of 2017. Jim will be selecting pots from his forthcoming summer kiln firings and is anticipating a range of forms including bottles, jugs, and tea bowls decorated with tenmoku, kaki, wood ash, and hakame glazes and surfaces.
Jim Malone has been making high-fired stoneware pottery and porcelain since the early 1970s: he works alone producing a wide range of individual pottery forms. One of Britain's foremost potters, Jim has exhibited widely in this country as well as in America, Germany and Hong Kong. Jim is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.
There will be the opportunity to meet Jim Malone, and discuss his work, at the public Preview on 8 September 2017.
In partnership with the St Ives School of Painting, we're running part of their Culture Camp at the Leach Pottery. This includes a one day pottery workshop involving a Museum visit, tile workshop and Raku Firing. All very exciting and engaging processes!
This workshop and visit is part of a wider Culture Camp which takes place over 4 weeks for the small fee of £25. For more information and to book a place, please visit: https://schoolofpainting.co.uk/young-people/culture-camp-summer-2017/
Come and visit the Sweetshop of Words at The Leach Pottery where you will be given a small gold coin to buy something from the counter of conceptual confectionary. This interactive installation explores the notion of choice in our lives. Visitors will also have the opportunity to make their porcelain sweet with the help of one of the Leach Pottery team.
All ages welcome. Free
Two Previews One Evening: 'Callum Trudgeon: An Apprenticeship’ & 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'
The Leach Pottery proudly presents a solo exhibition of Callum Trudgeon, the Pottery’s first fully trained Leach-Seasalt apprentice. It will feature Callum’s own standard ware including his range of domestic mugs, bowls, teabowls and one-off decorative works.
Also opening the same evening: 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'. An exhibition of new pots from members of our Studio Team. Inspired by the material of clay itself, this exhibition shows how some of our potters work with clay in their own time. Featuring pots by Laurence Eastwood, Matt Foster, Britta James, and Kat Wheeler.
You are warmly invited to attend the Preview on 16 June to share the opening with Callum and also enjoy some artisan Japanese quince liquor, made by Josh Quick of Wild St Ives, served in beakers made by Callum. Josh will also provide vegetarian sushi made with locally foraged food. In the Old Pottery, there will be the opportunity to have-a-go at throwing a pot on our historic kick wheels.
As part of a pop up show in the Old Workshop, Leach apprentice from the early 1960's, Glenn Lewis will be giving a slide lecture on 22nd May at 1pm in the library.
He will discuss his life and work in terms of a variety of different medium he has worked with: photography, performance, sculpture, ceramics - as well as memories and insights into his time as an apprentice at the pottery between 1961 – 63.
Free event. 10 spaces available.
Please call the pottery if you would like to attend.
Perfect for Beginners
Thursday April 13th. 10am-4pm.
Local Artist and Potter, Tamsyn Trevorrow is putting on a one day workshop for beginner pottery enthusiasts who want to have a go at producing beautiful hand made pottery.
Work will be fired, glazed and returned at a later date.
Cost: £75 per person ( max. 10 people) Level: Any
Hey Clay! is a national celebration of clay giving everyone the chance to unleash their inner potter. Organised in association with Crafts Council and BBC Get Creative.
Come along to the Leach Pottery in St Ives and make a clay character in one of our free sessions to help make a whole community of clay people.
The characters will be put on display in our courtyard as part of the exhibition Clay: That Continuous Material
Pre-booking for workshops is essential
Click HERE for more information
*Free entry to museum *Create a clay character to add to our community of clay figures *Get messy with our Giant Clay Etch-A-Sketch *Free throwing demonstrations in the old pottery
Half-day introductory taster courses throwing on the potter's wheel. These courses offer an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. Tuition is with one of our professional potters.
Monday 27th March, 22nd May, 24th July, 4th September, 13th November 2017
- Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools
- 10am – 12.30pm
- Please bring your own apron
- Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere
The Leach Pottery invites you to a preview evening to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions:
‘Clay: That Continuous Material’ looks at the story of clay from the pioneering early days of the Leach Pottery, which made its own clays, to clay’s relationship with Cornwall.
‘Japanese Connections’ – is a selling exhibition showcasing our Japanese links which thrive to this day.
To celebrate this double-opening, the Leach Pottery is excited to welcome Jon Keast, owner of Scarlet Wines, Lelant, who will be offering an informal tasting of a whisky from Japan, a plum sake and a Cornish gin – all served in our Leach Porcelain Sake cups.
Jon will be at the Leach Pottery from 6.30-7.30pm to serve the drinks and chat about them. There will also be the opportunity to have-a-go at throwing a pot on one of the wooden kick wheels in the Old Pottery under the guidance of one of our production potters.
A series of three workshops run at two week intervals in which participants will enter into the spirit of experimentation and imagination through a series of practical clay workshops, demonstrations and discussions.
Dates and times: Tuesdays February 28, March 14, March 28 2017, 10.30am - 3pm
Maximum number of students: 8
Cost: £210 per person to include tuition, materials and firing
Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Leach Pottery, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.
Ages 6 - 12, £7 per child per workshop. Parents get messy for free! One hour sessions will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays at 10.30am and 2pm.
‘Have A Go Thursdays’ is back throughout the Xmas holidays, 15th, 22nd, 29th December where we will be demonstrating and making Xmas tree decorations from a fine white air drying clay. You will be able to use the tools and cutters to make your very own unique xmas decoration which you can take home and hang on your tree.
This year's theme for the Autumn workshop exhibition will be fire...Please join us on Friday 4th November for the opening of the workshop's 'Fire it Up' exhibition and a live firing of a sculpture in a specially constructed kiln that will be unveiled at 7.00pm
Drop in sessions in the Old Pottery. Get your hands on some clay and see what happens!
Pieces can be taken away but no firing included.
South african ceramics - An Eclectic Narrative
Beginning with a presentation about her own work and that of other contemporary South african ceramacists, this workshop will focus on a demonstration of hand building and cutting away from solid blocks of clay to make both sculptural and functional figurines.
Maximum number of attendees: 12
This is a great opportunity for adults beginners and improvers to develop new making skills in the friendly and informal atmosphere of the Clore Learning Studio at Beagle Cross (the Leach Pottery, St Ives).
Substance and Surface - Lustre and on Glaze Decorative Techniques
Including an introductory talk, demonstration and hands on session, this in-depth Master Class explores various aspects of Linda's distinctive 'maximal' decorative process, including the overlaying of precious metals, on glaze colours and iridescent lustres to bisque and glaze fired terracotta tiles.
Maximum number of students: 8
Cost: £80 per person
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Every Wednesday and Friday there is a chance to have a guided tour of the old pottery (with museum admission). Hear from an expert what it was like to work at the Leach Pottery and have the chance to ask questions.
*Tours are run my our dedicated volunteers- please check in advance availability
*Tours are at no extra cost however there is a museum admission charge.
Communicating Archaeology through Contemporary Ceramic Practice
Helen Marton reinterprets archaeological finds through the combined use of hand making and digital technologies, offering a unique perspective on the cultural role of ancient domestic and ritual objects in a way that highlights human needs.
Tickets available through the festival website.